How are we doing?

EA Durbin ead1234 at
Fri Jun 2 13:20:58 CDT 2006

I'm just nitpicky I guess. If I use K & R style, or not enough white space, 
or don't align things perfectly at work my boss will kindly print off a copy 
of the companies acceptable coding standards policy and bring it over. I 
guess I'm just used to having things that way, and the shifting coding style 
and lack of comments in places in wine makes the learning curve steeper than 
it needs to be for beginning wine developers.

Just my 2 cents as a beginning wine developer.

>From: Juan Lang <juan_lang at>
>To: EA Durbin <ead1234 at>
>CC: wine-devel at
>Subject: Re: How are we doing?
>Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 10:56:15 -0700 (PDT)
> > Especially the code that is responded to as , I know it's a mess to
> > look at, but I didn't write it.
>Can you give us examples?
>Mostly Wine attempts to follow how Windows works, so MSDN provides a lot
>of the documentation.  This is becoming increasingly true, with kernel32
>being implemented on top of ntdll.
>There are bits that are hard to understand, certainly, and some areas
>could use some comments.  Unfortunately sometimes the lack of comments
>demonstrates a lack of understanding, but the code works for someone,
>somewhere, so we're mostly afraid to touch it until some brave soul comes
>For example, SHFileOperation was a complete mess until James fixed it up.
>Another example is user32.  It's impossible to document (in English) what
>it's supposed to be doing.  For this, and many other cases, a good
>regression test suite is the best documentation:  it tells you what's
>expected, so if you go mucking around you have checks against introducing
>I know you've been working with msi lately.  The fact that you've figured
>out where the problem is indicates to me that it's adequately commented,
>even if the learning curve is still a bit steep.
>Patches to add API comments for the Wine API guide
>( ) are always welcome.  Patches to
>document dodgy bits of code may or may not be accepted, but regression
>tests to justify dodgy bits of code are happily accepted too.
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